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Poster: Pat Buzby Date: Feb 18, 2014 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia in the Background

A couple of notes:

"“Blows,” Crosby’s album, and “American Beauty” were being made at Wally Heider’s at the same time...(Note that it was Garcia who contributed to the others’ albums, not the other way around – perhaps because the Dead’s music was more simple and insular at that point.)"

The Dead also took a break from recording studio albums at this point (aside from solo albums and overdub work on live albums). Crosby did try sitting in with the Dead live a few times.

"In particular, he frequently encouraged the other members to step up more and sing their own songs – whether it be Pigpen, Brent, Weir, or Donna."

Vince also said Jerry encouraged him to sing lead on songs he wrote.